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    Aftermarket fuse box

    Has anyone tried a pre-wired aftermarket fuse box? It seems that would save a lot of time versus buying one from DMC and having to install each terminal. I ran across this while searching online: https://mgispeedware.com/product/uni...fuse-panel-18/

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    Has anyone tried a pre-wired aftermarket fuse box? It seems that would save a lot of time versus buying one from DMC and having to install each terminal. I ran across this while searching online: https://mgispeedware.com/product/uni...fuse-panel-18/

    Any thoughts?
    Unless it comes with a complete harness, you still need to make all the connections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    Unless it comes with a complete harness, you still need to make all the connections.
    True, but it appears that all you do is strip back some insulation and attach each wire to itís corresponding screw terminal. That seems much easier than assembling and installing 18 terminals and then attaching each wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    True, but it appears that all you do is strip back some insulation and attach each wire to itís corresponding screw terminal. That seems much easier than assembling and installing 18 terminals and then attaching each wire.
    Depends where you mount it if all the existing wires would be long enough. Then you need to make your own wire list to document what you did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    True, but it appears that all you do is strip back some insulation and attach each wire to it’s corresponding screw terminal. That seems much easier than assembling and installing 18 terminals and then attaching each wire.
    Yes, but it is a little trickier than that. There are several fuse connections that don't go directly to power. This might complicate the wiring of the aftermarket setup.

    I have replaced fuse boxes on 3 different Deloreans and I can honestly say that the fuse panel kit from DMC is pretty nice.
    It is pretty inexpensive. The contacts are of far better quality than the OEM ones. When completed, you have a much-improved, stock-looking setup (with all of the fuses in the correct places).

    The advice I would give is to purchase a good crimper ($35) and remove the passenger seat, get a good light, and cut/crimp/install one contact at a time. It takes a couple of hours, but it really isn't that difficult. You will be very happy with the result.

    31PL4Kz0hUL.jpg This is one I crimper used - from Amazon ( Sargent 1028 )


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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrich View Post
    Yes, but it is a little trickier than that. There are several fuse connections that don't go directly to power. This might complicate the wiring of the aftermarket setup.
    The fuse box Iím looking at has 13 fuses that receive power from the ignition switch, and 5 that are direct to the battery. Is that what youíre referring to?

    Iíll keep digging around. Surely someone has a pre wired box that would work with the Dís setup.

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    Looks like only 4 of the 18 fuses go to battery power. Four go to one AUX relay. Three go to the other AUX relay. The rest have non battery connections to both sides of the fuse. So your looking for a fuse block with terminal blocks going to each side of the fuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    Looks like only 4 of the 18 fuses go to battery power. Four go to one AUX relay. Three go to the other AUX relay. The rest have non battery connections to both sides of the fuse. So your looking for a fuse block with terminal blocks going to each side of the fuse.
    Thanks. Iíll see what I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrich View Post
    ~snip~ the fuse panel kit from DMC is pretty nice.
    It is pretty inexpensive. The contacts are of far better quality than the OEM ones. When completed, you have a much-improved, stock-looking setup (with all of the fuses in the correct places).

    The advice I would give is to purchase a good crimper ($35) and remove the passenger seat, get a good light, and cut/crimp/install one contact at a time. It takes a couple of hours, but it really isn't that difficult. You will be very happy with the result.

    31PL4Kz0hUL.jpg This is one I crimper used - from Amazon ( Sargent 1028 )


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    +1 I agree completely. Hereís the tool I got:
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    I was actually thinking of doing an aftermarket mini fuse box with integrated relay receptacles. Unfortunately, my box melted before I could find a suitable assembly.

    I may revisit this idea eventually, since I'm in the midst of an engine swap and old wires need to be removed. I mean what the hell, my car is already nowhere near stock...


    In any case, if crimping is the only concern in this thread, stick to the stock box. Trust me, when you start deviating from stock, it gets complicated...
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